Louisville Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Louisville Walk

Will you help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

The Louisville Out of the Darkness Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience. This is a particularly special year, as we are celebrating our 20th annual event!

By registering for the November 6th walk, you are joining a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.

Every dollar you raise through the Louisville Walk allows AFSP and the Kentucky Chapter to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

For this special anniversary year, we’re having an all day festival! Join us anytime between 9 AM and 7 PM to walk and engage with us. There will be multiple walk waves with opening ceremonies at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM. There will also be a variety of activities, trainings, and resources throughout the day. See below for details and register for free to stay updated!

Event Details

Date: 11/06/2021
Location: Waterfront Park 
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm*

*Multiple Walk waves starting at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Samantha MacKenzie & Alisha Ash 
Contact Phone: 502-791-5643 
Contact Email: LouisvilleOOTD@gmail.com



Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

20th Anniversary Activities on the Waterfront

Hope & Healing Activities from 9AM - 6PM

Art & Memorial Activities
  • Rock painting: Louisville Rocks will host a rock painting station throughout the day. Leave your rocks along the walking path or take them home with you!
  • Memorial Tiles – Bring a 4X4 photo of a loved one or just bring your creativity to design and decorate a tile to honor a loved one, share hope, or remind yourself of YOUR strength.
  • Luminaria Bags – Decorate a luminaria bag in honor of yourself or a loved one. We will light up and display all the luminaria bags for the 6PM Glow Walk.
Visual Displays
  • Hope Boards: Write a message of remembrance and hope on our giant HOPE boards overlooking the waterfront.
  • Shoe Display: We are bringing back our display of 756 pairs of shoes and military boots honoring the lives lost to suicide each year in Kentucky
  • Memorial Wall: Bring a photo of a lost loved one to hang on the memorial wall
  • Luminaria Display: As a special addition to our 20th annual event, we will be holding a glow walk at 6 PM featuring a display of luminaria bags decorated by walkers throughout the day.
Honor Beads
  • There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above. Learn more by watching our honor bead video. Honor beads will be available for free to all walk participants.
  • The 6 PM glow walk will feature glow necklaces representing a limited number of honor bead colors. These will be available for a $1 donation starting at 5 PM while supplies last.




Free Prevention Education Programs

Gizmo Read Along at 11 AM

Gizmo's guide to mental health seeks to introduce mental health and wellness to children ages 5-11 and their trusted adult. Gizmo takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth through Gizmo’s friendly messaging by introducing the concept of mental health and healthy coping strategies, defining trusted adults and how to connect with them, and making a personalized mental health plan that can be used daily.


Talk Saves Lives at 1 PM & 5 PM

Talk Saves Lives is AFSP’s standardized, ~45-60 minute education program for ages 18+ that provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives. Participants will learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.

Intro to Supporting Those at Risk at 3PM

This program is intended for those 18+ who are loved ones, caregivers, and supporters of those with lived experience of suicide attempts and/or ideations. This presentation provides information and resources on how to support someone in your life with lived experience, while also taking care of your own mental health. Stop by the resource fair next door to also get resources from local mental health facilities.


Additional Activities

Food & Refreshments

Food trucks will be available throughout the day to purchase food and refreshments. We encourage you to bring blankets, chairs, coolers, and enjoy a picnic on the waterfront while enjoying food from local food trucks!

  • Blackbeard Coffee - 8:30am - 11am
  • Bamba Egg Roll - 11am - 2pm
  • Hotdog Truck - 2pm - 6pm

Limited water bottles will be available for walkers throughout the day.


More Ways to Engage

Photo booth: A photo booth will be available to access throughout the day. Sara Williams Photography will be there taking photos from 12pm - 4pm

REFIT: Join us for a fun dance workout class by the Waterfront stage on the North Great Lawn at 1pm & 3pm 

Resource Fair: A variety of resources will be available to pickup from our sponsors and local mental health facilities throughout the day. Hours may vary by facility.


Upcoming Fundraisers

Dine to Donate

October 12th @ Texas Roadhouse: Click here to download your fundraising flyer, show this to your waiter, and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Louisville Walk! 

October 17th @ Grassa Gramma: By simply dining out, you can raise money for AFSP's Kentucky chapter. There is no extra cost to you.Just let your waiter know you are dining out for the cause & up to 10% of your check will be donated to the Louisville Walk! Call 502.333.9595 to reserve your table or visit this link to schedule a carryout order: https://www.toasttab.com/grassa-gramma

December 16thClick here to download your fundraising flyer, show this to your waiter, and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Louisville Walk! 

Registration & Fundraising Prizes

Individual Rewards
  • T-Shirts: Raise $150 by 11/06/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
  • Lifesavers Bundle: Raise $500+ by walk day to receive a special bundle of goodies
  • VIP Experience: Raise $1000+ by walk day to receive parking access to the VIP/Volunteer Parking lot, VIP Check-In, and a VIP gift bundle
  • U of L/UK Ticket drawing: All walkers registered by 11/1 will be entered into a drawing to win U of L vs. UK Football tickets! Earn an additional entry for every $20 you fundraise in October!
  • Fall 2021 Recognition Gifts: Walkers who raise $250 or more qualify for additional recognition gifts from our national office! Click here to view your options. You will be emailed a code 4-6 weeks post event.


Team Incentives
  • Top 5 Teams: The top 5 fundraising teams at 12 PM on 10/29 will have the opportunity to lead a walk wave! Teams will be given the option of their walk wave in the order that they place.
  • Team Registration Drawing: Teams who add 10 or more participants during October will be entered to win a swag bundle for their whole team!
  • Custom Team Signs: Teams who raise $500 or more as a team by 12 PM on October 29th will get a customized 20th Annual Walk Sign at the event. Email mcole@afsp.org with your preferred photo and quote/message!
    • Teams who were unable to pickup their 2020 signs will be able to pick them up at the walk. 2021 Teams can pick their signs up at Survivor Day or our December 16th Texas Roadhouse fundraiser!

Louisville Walk FAQ

When and where is the event taking place?

All activities will be set up on the Great Lawn of Waterfront Park. The route is ~2.5 miles or relatively flat, paved walking trail through the park. You can arrive and participate at anytime between 9 AM & 7 PM on Saturday, November 6th.

Do I need to check-in at the event?

If you are pre-registered, there is no need to check-in at the event. Only those turning in additional funds need to check in at the registration table. If you earned an event t-shirt, please visit the Walk Shirt booth.

Where do I park?

Paid and free parking lots and garages are available around the park and Witherspoon Street. The only designated event parking is a small lot for volunteers, sponsors, and VIP Walkers.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt! Click here for fundraising ideas!

Is there a registration fee?

No, there is no registration fee to participate.


How do I set up my personal fundraising page?

If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide. Click here for a video tutorial on using donordrive.

How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided. Donations will be accepted through 12/31/21.


Are Dogs allowed?

Friendly, leashed dogs are allowed. Please bring supplies to clean up after your pet.


How will I know about any event changes?

The Walk website will continue to be updated with additional details & activities. Registered walkers will be notified by email of any changes. Be sure add Louisvilleootd@gmail.com to your contact list so you don’t miss anything!

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide. Download and print a Walk Flyer to share in your community!

  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 
  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!

Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.

Recruit Sponsors

Help us partner with more businesses and groups in the community! Download a sponsor packet to share with your employer or any businesses you may know. Sponsorships start as low as $500. You can also request a custom sponsor packet here.

Digital Memory Quilt

The Out of the Darkness Experience is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

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If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources. To connect with the Kentucky Chapter and find out more about what we do, please visit afsp.org/Kentucky.

Thank you for your support!